02 de agosto de 2017 14:52 PM
Actualizado el 02 de agosto de 2017 15:25 PM
US President Donald Trump on Monday held Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accountable for the “health and safety” of Venezuelan opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma, considered as “political prisoners held illegally by the Venezuelan government.”
“The United States condemns the actions of Maduro’s dictatorship. Mr. López and Mr. Ledezma are political prisoners being held illegally by the regime,” Trump said in a statement, personally calling the Venezuelan government a “dictatorship” for the first time, Efe reported.
“The United States holds Maduro – who publicly announced just hours earlier that he would move against his political opposition – personally responsible for the health and safety of Mr. Lopez, Mr. Ledezma, and any others seized,” Trump added.
López y Ledezma, who had served sentence under home arrest for some weeks, were abruptly removed from their houses and taken back again to jail in the wee hours of Monday.
According to the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), the opposition leaders were suspect of “planning to escape.”